This is in no way to dismiss the seriousness of rockets coming at Israel. If they have to use some level of force to deter that then they should. One of the rockets landed on a school yesterday, for instance, but thankfully the kids were already evacuated. The question I have is why return fire so hard, why populated areas, and why the constant assassinations over the years, in the middle of street and without care that 10 bystands may be standing by and end up getting blown up because some a-hole with the trigger couldn't wait for a safer location.
So far, only a few causualties on the Israeli side that I know of, but this is the other side:
"In all, at least 95 Palestinians have been killed in the five-day onslaught and more than 740 have been wounded, Palestinian medical sources told NBC News. At least 23 of the Gaza fatalities have been children."
Anyway. I came across this article as I was getting caught up on everything. It's a must-read. It talks about the bombing campaign and the political reasons with the upcoming elections for Netanyahu that may be affecting his decisions. It came as a surprise to me that this, apparently, is not the first time an Israel politician has used the tactic.
"The current operation, Pillar of Defense, belongs in the same category. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in neutralizing every possible rival, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is fighting for enough votes to return to the Knesset. A war against Hamas will wipe out the electoral aspirations of the ditherer, Ehud Olmert, whose disciples expected him to announce his candidacy this evening and it will kick off the agenda the "social and economic issue" that serves the Labor Party headed by MK Shelly Yacimovich.
When the cannons roar, we see only Netanyahu and Barak on the screen, and all the other politicians have to applaud them."
I recommend you read the entire article. If you ever have a problem loading a story at Haaretz, since it now requires a subscription, copy/paste the full name of the article on google and search it. First link. It somehow by-passes Haaretz' checking system and loads it in full. I came up with it myself, thank you.http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-killed-its-subcontractor-in-gaza.premium-1.477886